I ac­cept Obasanjo’s for­give­ness - Atiku

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS -

For­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Atiku Abubakar says he has ac­cepted the olive branch ex­tended to him by for­mer Pres­i­dent Oluse­gun Obasanjo and urged Nige­ri­ans to im­bibe the spirit of for­give­ness in the in­ter­est of na­tional unity.

Obasanjo had on Sun­day said he had for­given the for­mer vice pres­i­dent and other who have of­fended him.

Atiku in a state­ment is­sued by his me­dia of­fice in Abuja yes­ter­day, said “for­give­ness is di­vinely in­spired and is an oil that lu­bri­cates the wheels of con­tin­ued hu­man in­ter­ac­tions and en­gage­ments.”

The for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent com­mended Obasanjo, his “for­mer boss for tak­ing this bold and godly step in the in­ter­est of the na­tion and hu­man­ity.’’

He said the process of na­tional heal­ing and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion should ad­vance to a new level and ex­tend to other cit­i­zens of our great na­tion, who may have had grievances against one an­other and urged politi­cians to learn from the words of Ma­hatma Ghandi that an eye for an eye will make our na­tion go blind.

“When I made a sim­i­lar ef­fort few years ago, it was on the con­vic­tion that it would not be ben­e­fi­cial to me be­fore Al­lah, if I went to the grave with bit­ter­ness. Let us for­give one an­other so that we can team up for na­tional re­birth,’’ Atiku urged Nige­ri­ans.

He main­tained that even if one dis­agrees with Obasanjo, no one would doubt his firm com­mit­ment to the unity of Nigeria.

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